Sony firmware update 1.10 fixes the A1 IBIS issue (but doesn’t actually mention it)

Sony A1
(Image credit: Future/Sony)

When we reviewed the Sony A1 we were impressed by pretty much everything except the image stabilization. Something wasn’t right, and some of our video clips looked jumpier than we thought they ought to.

But then it was photographer and YouTuber Jamieson Dean and his video of the Sony A1 IBIS issue that clarified what was happening. Basically, the in-camera stabilisation system was too slow to ‘wake’ after the camera had been lowered or moved, so that the first few seconds of any video clip were not properly stabilized.

We checked back through our own raw clips and saw the same pattern. This was pretty disappointing in a camera that costs this much and would, you would hope, have been fully tested. We did reach out to Sony for a comment but got no reply.

Sony A1 firmware update 1.10

Officially, this latest Sony firmware update brings the following “benefits and improvements”:

Improves overall AF performance and stability
Improves operability when using the Remote Camera Tool app | Note: Make sure you have updated the Remote Camera Tool app to the most recent version
Improves eye sensor detection performance with strong light sources, such as sunlight
Improves operational stability when using the Imaging Edge Mobile apps
Improves operational stability when using the SEL100400GM, SEL200600G, or SEL600F40GM lens
• Improves the overall stability of the camera

The real test of a company is how it handles these bugs. Sony’s Alpha team took the issues very seriously and even worked closely with us A1 users in order to get it right.

Jamieson Dean, A1 owner

There’s no specific mention of the IBIS issue beyond "overall stability", but Jamieson and others have confirmed that this firmware update appears to have fixed it. If so, that’s great news, though as far as we’re concerned it’s disappointing that Sony has not publicly acknowledged it.

Jamieson, however, is very happy. He told us: “I think what this demonstrates more than anything, is just how serious Sony is about its professional photography tools. Sure, it took a few people making a lot of noise to bring it to their attention, but Sony’s Alpha team took the issues very seriously and even worked closely with us A1 users in order to get it right.

• You can get the Sony A1 Firmware Version 1.10 update from the Sony support site.

Thank you for reading 5 articles this month* Join now for unlimited access

Enjoy your first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

*Read 5 free articles per month without a subscription

Join now for unlimited access

Try first month for just £1 / $1 / €1

Rod Lawton

Rod is an independent photography journalist and editor, and a long-standing Digital Camera World contributor, having previously worked as DCW's Group Reviews editor. Before that he has been technique editor on N-Photo, Head of Testing for the photography division and Camera Channel editor on TechRadar, as well as contributing to many other publications. He has been writing about photography technique, photo editing and digital cameras since they first appeared, and before that began his career writing about film photography. He has used and reviewed practically every interchangeable lens camera launched in the past 20 years, from entry-level DSLRs to medium format cameras, together with lenses, tripods, gimbals, light meters, camera bags and more. Rod has his own camera gear blog at but also writes about photo-editing applications and techniques at